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Project Acquisition Workshop (APPEL-PAW)


  • Program / Project Management
    Program / Project Management

This course provides a basic understanding of the NASA acquisition/procurement process across the complete project life cycle, from agency strategic planning to contract management and project completion. This course will help participants figure out the optimal acquisition/procurement strategy, learn how to get contracts awarded, solve problems during contract performance, understand their roles and responsibilities as members of a project’s acquisition team, work more effectively with contracting officers, and enable them to do a more effective job acquiring whatever their projects need to succeed.

This course is designed for NASA’s technical workforce, including project managers, subsystem leads, resource managers, contracting officers’ technical representatives, and technical engineers who must deal with project-related acquisitions and procurements.

Related Resources

Resource Category

NASA Project Management Handbook (PDF) (Public) Document
Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Training Opportunities (Public) Website
NASA Source Selection Guide Document

APPEL Library Resource

NASA Galaxie Library NASA Galaxie Library
All supplemental resources are NASA accessible only unless otherwise noted.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define, develop, explain, propose, and implement acquisition strategy.
  • Analyze and translate the confusing world of procurement laws, regulations, and policies; recognize and apply the concept of “contract scope;” and operate more effectively with contracting officers.
  • Plan for and implement project-related acquisitions, selecting the optimal procurement strategy and the type of contract most appropriate for the project.
  • Define and identify the relation between project technical requirements and the acquisition process.
  • Plan, organize, and manage the contract solicitation, evaluation, and selection processes.
  • Establish and manage a project acquisition team, including the roles of COTRs (contracting officer’s technical representative), project managers (PMs), and contracting officers (COs), and monitor and evaluate contractor progress.
  • Identify, analyze, and solve the numerous problems that inevitably occur during contract performance.